Our Story

Scenic Art Studios was founded in 1994 by Master Scenic Artist and Tony Honors recipient Joseph Forbes. Since its inception, the company has cultivated a reputation for artistic excellence, providing the highest level of craftsmanship for over 350 Broadway productions.  Recent productions include Moulin Rouge, Beetlejuice, The Prom, Carousel, School of Rock, Dirty Dancing, and The Band's Visit.  


After 25 years in the entertainment industry, Scenic Art Studios has grown to employ upwards of fifty scenic artists across seven locations on a given day. Our customizable crews handle everything from carving, to murals, to on-site work calls.


Within our 15,000 sq. foot studio in Newburgh, NY, and associated shops throughout the tri-state region, Scenic Art Studios specializes in producing theatrical backdrops, built scenery, architectural/decorative treatments, and more.  Our work can not only be seen in theater, but film, television, and specialty venues as well.  

History of Building

The building was built in the 1830s as the Newburgh Steam Mill, manufacturing cloth. The mill housed 17,000 spindles and employed over 300 workers. By the 20th century, the steam mill factory shut down and was relocated. In 1881 the building housed Coldwell Lawnmower Co. The first lawnmower ever constructed in this country was built by Mr. Thomas Coldwell.


Through the years, the building changed over to the Regal Bag Corporation, created by the company Licht and Kaplan. Regal Bag started in the handbag business with cutting patterns, assembling handbags and distributing to major retailers. 

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